Once the tour is finalized, the collection of artefacts will be returned to Egypt.
In its third leg, hosted in London, the travelling Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah exhibition will donate its ticket proceeds to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The exhibition, which takes place in the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, is currently one of the most expensive exhibitions in Britain, with ticket prices reaching up to 50 GBP.
It opened in Los Angeles in March of 2018, then moved to Paris before landing the UK capital. The exhibition hosts an impressive 150 artefacts belonging to Tutankhamun’s tomb, for which the 100th anniversary will be celebrated in 2022. Sixty of the artefacts had never been on tour before and included sculptures, ritual objects, jewellery as well what is recorded as the oldest trumpet in the world. These objects, which are mostly gold, were designed and crafted by established craftsmen to help guide King Tut on his journey to paradise in the afterlife. The collection also includes wooden boats and a board game.
Once the tour is complete, the 150 artefacts will be returned to Egypt to be displayed at the GEM, and are not planned to be moved out of Egypt again, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
(Photo credits: Jan Honcu).